It's been a while since our last newsletter, but only because we've been busy with so many interesting projects, attending conferences, and meeting you. Here are just a few projects and ideas that we hope will inspire you, or give you a new resource to use in your work. As always, please feel free to get in touch with us to discuss how we can help you manage information, publish resources, and improve search and discovery of your collections.
In This Issue:
ThinkWood Launches New Resource Library
The ThinkWood Research Library is a central resource for research on designing and building with wood. An enhanced search engine for this collection has just been launched at https://research.thinkwood.com
The library links to research publications from around the world about structural systems composed of mass timber, heavy timber, and light-frame construction (for buildings five stories and up). Research topics include design and systems, connections, mechanical properties, acoustics and vibration, energy performance, fire, seismic, moisture, wind, serviceability, environmental impact, cost and market adoption.
Read more about this project in this blog post.
Arctic Health Upgrades Search Engine for Easier Access by Researchers
Arctic Health, intended for students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in health aspects of the Arctic, is a central source for information on diverse aspects of the Arctic environment and the health of northern peoples. The Arctic Health website provides access to a database of over 280,000 evaluated publications and resources on these topics. To improve access to this collection, a new search engine has just been launched at https://arctichealth.org
Search results in Arctic Health include published and unpublished articles, reports, data, and links to organizations pertinent to Arctic health, as well as out-of-print publications and information from special collections at the University of Alaska. Resources come from hundreds of local, state, national, and international agencies, as well as from professional societies, tribal groups, and universities.
Read more about this project in this blog post.
Addition of digitized newspapers to the Arnprior Archives' search interface
Andornot has recently completed work for the Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives to add the newly digitized versions of their newspapers up to 1937 to their searchable collections. The majority of issues are from the Arnprior Chronicle starting in 1885. We also created a Finding Aid allowing researchers to see what issues are available for each of the 16 newspapers with the ability to browse each individually.
Funding for this project was provided by the Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society, and will be a wonderful new option for genealogical research as well as providing a window into the coverage of historical events. Individual names can be searched, and search words or parts of words are highlighted on the newspaper pages, as in the screenshot below:
As well as providing new search capabilities for this important set of documents, this initiative removes the need to consult the now very fragile originals.
Read more about this project and how Andornot can help you with digitization in this blog post.
Help researchers find your collections with Wikipedia and a site map
Andornot believes strongly that it’s not enough for an archive or museum to simply have a fascinating collection and excellent software for managing it and making it publicly accessible. Drawing the public to these resources is equally important, something larger museums and some archives do well of course. For smaller organizations, that means the curator or archivist has to put on a marketing hat from time to time. However, this need not be a painful experience.
Have you Googled your organization or the major subjects or people that are included in your collections? Odds on Wikipedia will often be the first source listed in Google search results for people or place names. It therefore makes sense to make sure that your content and collections are findable through Wikipedia. It's easy enough to do this: read more tips on how best to contribute to Wikipedia in this Andornot blog post.
We'd also recommend having all the resources in your collection easily indexable with a site map - a listing of all the resources available through your online search system, such as our Andornot Discovery Interface. Learn more about the new automated sitemap generator now available in our Andornot Discovery Interface in this blog post.
Snazzy up your DB/TextWorks databases!
DB/TextWorks has been around since the late 1990's and we sometimes come across clients with databases that were developed almost that long ago! Two recent projects we are working on involve rationalizing older databases to modern standards.
It's amazing how old, ugly, inefficient interfaces can be spruced up through the use of one of our kits for libraries, archives and museums. We use these as a starting point, and after updating field names to be as descriptive as possible, we import our query screens, report and edit forms and adjust these to show the clients fields. If you have report designs you like, you can do this too!
Read more tips and ideas for sprucing up your older databases in this blog post.
Andornot Professional Development Grant for 2018 Awarded to Gayle Graham
For the past 2 years Andornot has invited applications for a $1,000 Professional Development Grant. This year's recipient was Gayle Graham of the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Gayle has just returned from the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland and written a short post for our blog about her positive experience.
Andornot strongly believes in the value of attending conferences to foster professional development. We hope that everyone who applied, and all of you, will also be able to attend a conference this year.
We hope to offer the grant again for 2019, so watch this newsletter and our blog in November 2018 for an announcement.
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